Nov. 21, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team will travel to Gainesville for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Florida Gators on Monday, November 22nd at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network. The Seminoles are coming off a 56-48 victory in their season-opener while Monday will be Florida’s first game of the season.
FLORIDA STATE (1-0) AT FLORIDA
Monday, November 22, 2004 7:00 p.m.
Stephen C. O’Connell Center Gainesville, FL
WFLA Radio AM 1270 seminoles.com: Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)
Sunshine Network: Mick Hubert (play-by-play), Mark Wise (color)
THE STORY LINE
GENERALLY-SPEAKING… Florida State won its 11th straight season-opener, and sixth straight home-opener, when the Seminoles defeated Xavier 56-48 on Friday. Sophomore Alicia Gladden led the Seminoles with a career-high 17 points off of the bench while junior wing Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded a career-high 12 rebounds to lead all players.
THE SERIES… FSU and Florida meet for the 64th time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team and has played UF at least once every season since FSU began keeping results in 1973-74. According to Florida State’s records, the series stands at 39-24 in UF’s favor. The Gators have own the last 16 straight meetings between the two schools. In the eight meetings with Sue Semrau at the helm of the FSU program, UF has won by an average of 11.1 ppg. The five games prior to Semrau’s arrival, UF won by an average of 24.2 ppg.
Monday’s game between FSU and UF will be the season-opener for the Gators, marking just the second time ever that the Seminoles have been the Gators season-opener. The first time was when UF topped FSU 73-64 on November 20, 1997 in Gainesville in the first round of the Dial Classic.
FIRST AWAY GAME
Since the 1980-81 season when sites are noted in the FSU records, the Seminoles are 7-17 in their first “away” game of the season (does not include neutral sites). In Sue Semrau’s first season in 1997-98, the Tribe’s first “away” game on the schedule was FAMU played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center as Tully Gym was then the home of the FSU women’s basketball team. So the actual first “away” game that year was at Florida. In fact, since 1980-81, Florida has been FSU’s first “away” game three times – all in the Sue Semrau era: 1997-98: 64-73; 2000-01: 65-79; 2002-03: 69-80.
SUNSHINE STATE FOES
Florida will be the first of four teams from the state of Florida that the Seminoles will face this year. Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Miami, now of the ACC, are the others. Last year, FSU went 2-1 vs. in-state opponents. Overall, FSU is 144-71 alltime vs. opponents from the state of Florida (four-year schools).
FSU VS. THE SEC
Florida is the only Southeastern Conference school the Seminoles are scheduled to face this year. FSU is 36-85 vs. current SEC teams. The showdown vs. FSU and Florida will be the second meeting this season between an ACC and SEC opponent. NC State faced Tennessee on Sunday, November 21st.
Of the 10 members of FSU’s team this season, seven of them have faced Florida before. Only redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony and true freshmen Christie Lautsch and Tiffiny Buckelew have yet to face the Gators. Senior Roneeka Hodges, who scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes of play vs. Xavier, was on an LSU team that faced Florida in conference play. It will be Hodges first crack at the Gators as a Seminole though.
BIG WIN BUT FEW POINTS
FSU’s 56 points in the win over Xavier was the fewest points the Seminoles have scored in a victory since beating Virginia 56-48 on Jan. 23, 2003. The 56 points is also the fewest points FSU has scored in a season-opener since its 56-43 win over Rollins in the 1975-76 season. The Tribe scored 107 points in the 2003-04 season-opener.
TOPS THE TEAM OFF THE BENCH
While Alicia Gladden didn’t start against Xavier, she still played the second most minutes at 32 while leading the team with a career-high 17 points on 73 percent shooting from the field. Her previous career-high was 15 points at NC State last year. Gladden also tied her career-high with four steals.
G-MO GETS CAREER-HIGH
Junior wing Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded a career-high 12 rebounds in the Xavier win to lead all players. The 12 boards doubled her previous career-high of six rebounds which she last set last season in the win over Maryland. Adeduntan was just one point shy of recording her first career double-double. In the second exhibition game this season, Adeduntan was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards.
tion game this season, Adeduntan was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards.
LINQUIST LENDS A HAND
While FSU’s starting line up vs. Xavier saw no one taller than 6-1, the 6-4 Hannah Linquist proved to be a force off of the bench for the Seminoles. In 14 minutes of play, the junior post grabbed six rebounds and had two steals. Her career-high in rebounds is eight boards set in last season’s season-opener vs. Savannah State.
Despite being outsized by the Musketeers, the Seminoles outrebounded Xavier 44-33. Four different players had six or more rebounds in the effort. FSU held Xavier to just six offensive rebounds, just seven second-chance points and just two fast break points. Last season, FSU held an opponent to six or fewer offensive rebounds twice: vs. Harvard on Nov. 30, 2003 and vs. NC State on Jan. 19, 2004.
OVERCOMING THE THREE
Florida State overcame Xavier’s outside game. The Musketeers attempted 20 three-pointers and made seven of them vs. Florida State. The Tribe hit just one of 12 attempts.
NEELY’S KNEE IS GOOD
Junior guard LaQuinta Neely, who tore the ACL of her right knee on December 9th last year, is back and back strong. The Laurens, S.C., native, averaged 21.0 minutes in the two exhibition games and played 28 minutes vs. Xavier. She is currently wearing a knee brace tailored to her knee for precautionary purposes but expects to be able to go without the brace by January.
NEELY’S LAST GAME LAST YEAR WAS VS. THE GATORS
LaQuinta Neely’s final game before tearing her ACL last season was vs. Florida. In that game, Neely had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.